This Metric Says You Are Smart to Buy EnergySolutions, Inc. (ES)

EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES) has experienced an increase in enthusiasm from smart money of late.

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EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES)

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With all of this in mind, it’s important to take a gander at the key action encompassing EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES).

How have hedgies been trading EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES)?

At the end of the first quarter, a total of 15 of the hedge funds we track were long in this stock, a change of 15% from the first quarter. With hedge funds’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists an “upper tier” of noteworthy hedge fund managers who were upping their holdings meaningfully.

According to our comprehensive database, Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital had the largest position in EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES), worth close to $33.5 million, comprising 0.5% of its total 13F portfolio. Coming in second is Nancy Havens-Hasty of Havens Advisors, with a $6.7 million position; the fund has 4.2% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Some other peers that hold long positions include Jim Simons’s Renaissance Technologies, Israel Englander’s Millennium Management and Carl Goldsmith and Scott Klein’s Beach Point Capital Management.

As one would reasonably expect, key money managers have jumped into EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES) headfirst. Havens Advisors, managed by Nancy Havens-Hasty, assembled the biggest position in EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES). Havens Advisors had 6.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Michael Price’s MFP Investors also initiated a $3.8 million position during the quarter. The other funds with brand new ES positions are Matthew Halbower’s Pentwater Capital Management, Jacob Gottlieb’s Visium Asset Management, and Paul Touradji’s TOURADJI CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LP.

What have insiders been doing with EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES)?

Bullish insider trading is best served when the primary stock in question has experienced transactions within the past half-year. Over the latest 180-day time frame, EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES) has experienced zero unique insiders buying, and zero insider sales (see the details of insider trades here).

With the returns exhibited by our strategies, retail investors should always watch hedge fund and insider trading activity, and EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES) applies perfectly to this mantra.

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